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    Blending modes?

    Hi guys. I was reading my first ever ImagineFX magazine last night and I've noticed that most everyone mentioned using blending modes like Multiply and Overplay, as well as others. Now, I only work using the normal blending mode, but I feel that these can help me enhance my artworks more. Can anyone explain to me in simple terms how each blending mode work, and how they can help in painting? Photoshop's Help can sometimes be hard to grasp. By the way, I'm using Photoshop 7, if that helps. Thanks, CA.

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    They help to achieve certain look, overlay usually is good for light, it also works well when u put textures onto your painting you lower the opacity of texture layer and scroll thru all the blending modes untill you find one u like best. Try yourself its the best way to believe :]

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    It's kind of hard to explain, it's better to see how it get's used.

    There are hoards of layering and blending procedures that are used to achieve certain effects. It could be a nice idea to make a list of techniques in writing, not as much what they do but where you would need them.
    That is the value you get from these mags cuz it's sorta good info. I have 4 copies of imagineFX already, and they get alot more attention then any other mag I ever baught. Inspiration, technique etc..

    It seems that sometimes you just need to skip through them to find something that works for you and what you want to achieve, and I noticed the eraser and these kinds of blending layers are good friends as you can erase the degree the effect get's applied at different areas.

    One I can sorta articulate, to punch darker tones you could make a copy of a layer that for instance only have a figure on it and blend that same layer down in multiply, you then have control over the opacy of that layer thus the degree of the effect that get's applied to your figure, then when you are happy you merge them again.

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    Always have an original copy of your digital file/art work saved somewhere where you can retrieve if your experiment fail .

    Blending option is a tool where you will have lots of fun using. with the above requirement met, you can go ahead and do as many mistake and trials as you wish. Its not something someone can tell you. you need to test it.

    two things to remember.

    1)It is a short cut to making drop shadow, emboss, etc in a single click. without using channel. Back in those days when there no blending option you have to use channels to manually create a drop shadow and emboss, blending option speeds up those task for you.

    2) blending option does not work on the background layer. if you only have one layer and wishes to use blending option on this layer (which is kinda moot since there's nothing to blend), convert the layer to a non-background layer.

    try everything and enjoy.

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    Thanks guys. I was playing around with it and I think I already have a small grasp on how they work.

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    That's cool! Thanks man.

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    The links posted above wouldn't load for me for some reason.

    Here's something I find useful.
    http://cgtextures.com/content.php?ac...ame=blendmodes


    The blend modes work the same on layers and brushes. I think you'll have a better understanding of how they work and how to then use them efficiently once you start practicing.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iridyse View Post
    The links posted above wouldn't load for me for some reason.
    edit: should be back up now

    Last edited by jfrancis; May 6th, 2009 at 02:55 AM. Reason: was down
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